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When Netflix isn’t so Family-friendly! #StreamTeam

One of the wonderful things about Netflix is that there’s always something for everyone. My husband and I have very different tastes in movies and shows. I, for one, am a sucker for all things romantic and funny, while he’s a more action and thriller kind of guy. All of which is totally okay! There are many times when he and I sit back and relax to Netflix.  Hence, the Netflix and chill!

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Sometimes the kids join us, many times, they don’t!

Well, more like they can’t.

Little by little, as parents, we have to test the boundaries when it comes to what we let the kids watch.  We don’t watch scary/horror movies. It’s never been in our interest and in turn, our kids don’t watch them. Not even my teen son. But that doesn’t mean that we keep everything family-friendly. Well, let me rephrase that, we try to keep things family-friendly.

When Netflix isn't so Family-friendly! #StreamTeam

A while back, with all the hype of Stranger Things, I started to watch it. I’m not really into anything sci-fi, so this binge was purely associated to all the rave reviews I read online and from friends on Facebook singing its high praises. I sat and watched and then my daughter came and sat next to me. I paused and explained the theme of the show. See, she scares easily (just last year, she got scared from the movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey!) I know, right?

I stared at her, she stared at me, and then I let her watch. Stranger Things is rated TV-14 and although there’s not a lot of adult content, there are some scenes which are pretty strong or violent for little ones.

So, when are things appropriate for kids?

My kids are still into all the Disney Channel shows that are on Netflix. I noticed one time, they tried to watch Goosebumps and they couldn’t even finish 1 episode but they can read the books!? Craziness, I tell ya!

When Netflix isn't so Family-friendly! #StreamTeam

A new show is coming to Netflix.  Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events I watched the first episode and it’s like Nanny McPhee/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Coraline. It’s funny and dark. I don’t know how else to explain it. I think my kids would like it. The show starts off kind of cute as we meet the stars of the show, then it turns sad/dark right away. I guess you have to ready the books in order to understand some of the story line and how humor is somewhat entwined with the show.

Wanna know something strange? If I’m watching a show and the kids see that I’m all into it, they’ll get into it too. All of a sudden, they’ll pretend to be doing something and then before you know it, there they are, all up in my face about how cool the show it. Maybe I’ll try this out with this show.

Having said that, this is not likely a good show for little, little ones. This is rated TV-PG, so anyone can watch, but there a lot of topics that little kids won’t probably understand. I can’t wait to watch more and see for myself.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, premieres Jan. 13, 2017!

Let’s have an open conversation! Do you let your kids watch dark movies or shows? If you do, how old are they?

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This is not a paid post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As a proud Netflix #StreamTeam member, I share this story with you. All images courtesy of Netflix. All rights reserved.

Liz Cerezo

Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!


  1. Rolondo

    What a great and timely post! You are right on the money. In an interest to get the kids off their devices (3 and 8), we try to find family entertainment and Netflix is often our go-to source. But, to your point, it’s hard to know what is completely appropriate (besides the obligatory Disney movie). We started out with shows like Fuller House but as granola as that show is, there were some pretty blue segments. Recently, I have found myself watching entire series, first, to make a determination if they are suitable for the kids to see. But it is difficult. True story, we watch Christmas Vacation, which was always a favorite of mine growing up, but hadn’t seen it for years. I remember watching it with my parents so I thought, what’s the harm? But when we put it on for our kids, I had to quickly skip all the parts that would have been a little risque for the kids – needlesstosay, a lot got through. So for now, nothing dark or otherwise scary – in a way, I want to keep them as young as heart for as long as I can 🙂

    12 . Jan . 2017
    • Liz Cerezo

      I agree! I find myself watching things first and then decide if I want the kids to see it! There’s a show called R.L. Stine’s Haunting Hour in the kid section. Thank God I was in the room when it was playing. I confess I wasn’t paying attention to what she was watching until it started talking about doll possession (which for me is already demon possession, right?!) and stuff. I immediately told her to change it. This was DARK to the core!!! hahaha!

      Since then, I’ve watched everything first. Even if that means, I’m stuck in the kid’s section for a while. Man, that was intense!!!!

      13 . Jan . 2017

    My son has special needs he’s 25 but he watches whatever he wants to , right now he wanted me to rent man vs wild for him on dvd so I did .
    He loves that show.

    13 . Jan . 2017
    • Liz Cerezo

      My nephew is also special needs. We simply cannot get him away from Everybody Loves Raymond! haha!! Thanks for your comment!

      16 . Jan . 2017

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